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Give a Little Love 2018

McDonald’s® Restaurants of Central Illinois Encourage Customers to “Give a Little Love” to Local Ronald McDonald House Charities®

Area restaurants provide support to families staying in the Springfield Ronald McDonald House.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 14, 2018)—McDonald’s® Restaurants of Central Illinois and its local Owner/Operators will be providing support to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) through the annual Give a Little Love promotion again this year.

To “Give a Little Love,” customers are asked to donate $1 or more at participating McDonald’s restaurants in central Illinois, beginning Thursday, February 1 through Friday, February 23.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will stay local and benefit families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. In 2017, more than $200,000 was raised during the Give a Little Love promotion.

“It’s amazing to see members in our community come together to help the families and support the work of the Ronald McDonald House, and as Owner/Operators we’re proud to be a part of that effort,” said Chris Jeffers, local McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “The House is a wonderful part of our central Illinois community, and this is an important chance for all of us to support them so that they can continue to serve the families that need them.”

The Ronald McDonald House provides the necessities of home for families with a seriously ill child receiving treatment at one of Springfield’s medical facilities. At RMHCCI, families can stay together and find strength in numbers during a critical time. RMHCCI provides families with a private bed and bath, meals, laundry, parking and more in order to ease the stress of a difficult time in their lives. Families stay at the House at no charge to them, regardless of their length of stay.  The House serves about 400 families each year.  RMHCCI depends on the generous support of the community, especially through the Give a Little Love campaign.  Support from the community is essential to keep the house running smoothly for families served at the House.

For additional information, contact Allaina Blackwell, Development and Communications Coordinator, at 217-528-3314 ext. 148, (217) 801-2415 or ab@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois provides the essentials of home for those families whose children are receiving medical treatment in Springfield.  In an effort to reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance the quality of life for families, the House provides a caring, home-like atmosphere for its guests.  
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois and ways you can help, please visit www.rmhc-centralillinois.org, follow RMHCCI on Twitter (@RMHCCI), Instagram (@rmhcci) or Facebook (Facebook.com/rmhcci).

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. For more information on McDonald’s visit http://www.mcdonalds.com, follow us on Twitter @MyIllinoisMcD or log on at any of the 10,000 Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants.

Day of Change

 Support our families on Saturday, October 28th for our 2017 Day of Change!

Day of Change is a day to highlight how small change makes a big difference! On the Day of Change we ask everyone to bring their spare change to a local McDonald’s donation box. That change helps us keep families together at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. The nickles, quarters and dimes donated at McDonald’s restaurants provide mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings a home away from home while their loved one is hospitalized

Collect your spare change today from couch cushions, your car, your wallet– anywhere you find it! On Saturday, bring it to any McDonald’s in Springfield to help support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois! Want to know how your spare change makes change? Watch the video below to learn how your support makes an impact in the lives of families in our community.

Labor Day Ducky Derby

Thank you to all of our sponsors of the 2017 Labor Day Ducky Derby!

Purchase your duck to participate in the first ever Labor Day Ducky Derby!

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) will hold their first annual Labor Day Ducky Derby on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Knight’s Action Park. Funds raised through donations, sponsorships and duck purchases will go towards supporting the families served at the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, Illinois.

Families and individuals are invited to attend this event and watch the Ducky Derby free of charge. Ducks can be purchased online at rmhc-centralillinois.org or by mailing in the bottom portion of a tear off flyer with check. Flyers can be downloaded online at rmhc-centralillinois.org. Ducks are $5 each, with packages of 6, 13, 30 and 50 ducks available for purchase. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winning ducks, and will be announced and awarded immediately after the race. Winners and contestants need not be present to win or participate.

A celebrity duck derby will take place at 10:45 a.m. featuring local politicians, servicemen/women, radio and news personalities, community leaders, etc. Discounted admission of $19.95 to the waterpark is offered via discount code to those who purchase a duck. The code is available at time of duck purchase(s). Waterpark tickets are not required to watch the Labor Day Ducky Derby. The waterpark will open at 10:00 a.m. the day of the derby, and several activities for children will be available, including the Fortress of Fun at Knight’s Action Park and emergency vehicles for up close viewing.

This event is presented by HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, and is hosted by Knight’s Action Park. Knight’s Action Park is located at 1700 Recreation Dr., in Springfield Illinois. Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions are available online at rmhc-centralillinois.org/ducky-derby.

Give a Little Love 2017

McDonald’s® Restaurants of Peoria/Bloomington, Central Illinois Encourage Customers to “Give a Little Love” to Local Ronald McDonald House Charities®
Area restaurants provide support to families staying in the Springfield Ronald McDonald House

McDonald’s® Restaurants of Peoria/Bloomington and Central Illinois and each of our local owner-operators will be providing support to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) through the annual Give a Little Love campaign beginning January 30.

To “Give a Little Love,” customers can donate $1 or more at participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout Central Illinois from Monday, January 30 through Monday, February 20. Customers who make a donation will have their names displayed on a paper heart in the restaurant.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will stay local and benefit the families staying in the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, Illinois. In 2016, more than $245,000 was raised during the Give a Little Love promotion.

The Ronald McDonald House in Springfield keeps families close by providing them with a place to stay and warm meals to eat during a difficult and stressful time in their lives. Located at 610 North Seventh Street, RMHCCI serves more than 400 families each year. In order to serve even more families, RMHCCI depends on the generous support of the community, especially through the Give a Little Love campaign. Support from the community is essential to keeping families close and allowing them to stay at the House free of charge while their child receives medical care.

“Year after year, we at McDonald’s, see the incredible support the Ronald McDonald House provides to local families in need, and we love to see the community get involved and help us give back,” said Jack Millan, a local McDonald’s owner/operator and RMHCCI Board Member. “We can’t thank our customers enough for their generous donations. We are truly grateful.”


House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities

artwork promo for webAs an extension of our 2014 “Labor of Love” renovation, we have created an opportunity for donors to sponsor pieces of art in our House.  We have seven pieces remaining!

All artwork sponsors are acknowledged with a plaque at the side of each artwork.  Pieces can be sponsored in honor or in memory of someone as well.

If you are interested in sponsoring a piece of artwork in our House, please call 217-528-3314 x 148 to ensure the piece of art you would like to sponsor is still available.

The remaining pieces are pictured below along with the price.  Thank you for your consideration!


#10 – $400










#12 – $150









#13 – $550







#14 – $480






#17 – $500







#18 – $400








#20 – $400








Join us for Family Fun Day!

30 years webJoin us as Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois continues to celebrate 30 years of keeping families close at our Family Fun Day!

This FREE event for the whole family will include food, kid-friendly activities, tours of the House and much more!

So we may adequately prepare for the event, please let us know if you plan to attend!  Call 217-528-3314 and speak to the staff member or volunteer on duty.

We hope to see you there!

WICS Newschannel 20 & FOX Illinois’ Joy of Sharing Day

joy of sharing 2015We are thrilled to partner with WICS and FOX Illinois again this year for the Joy of Sharing Day!  Thank you for visiting our website!

At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, we provide a home away from home for families who travel to Springfield in order for their child to receive medical care.  They’re provided with all the amenities of home – a private bedroom and bathroom, a kitchen and other common living areas, a pantry and more – for as long as their child is being treated, at no cost to them.  That’s where you can help!  In order to continue to provide this service to families at no cost to them, we rely on support from the community – you!

Your donation means keeping families close at a time when it is needed most.  When you donate to RMHCCI, you’re ensuring that families stay close to their child and you’re eliminating the financial burdens of lodging, food and transportation for them at the same time.

From all of us at the Ronald McDonald House, we truly appreciate your support!

Donate now to keep families close this holiday season. 

First Due Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society Inaugural Firefighter’s Ball

FullSizeRender (1)RMHCCI was honored to be the beneficiary of the First Due Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society’s (F.O.O.L.S.) Inaugural Firefighter’s Ball on November 7, 2015.  Our chapter has had a great relationship with the first responders community, and we appreciate the support we have received from them throughout the years.

According to their website, the F.O.O.L.S. exemplify the true meaning of the Brotherhood by providing training opportuntieis to Brother and Sister Firefighters worldwide.  They organize benefits to assist not only a firefighter and their families in need, but their communities as well.  The F.O.O.L.S. exist to strengthen the Brotherhood of their chosen profession and fuel the flame of passion they have for their calling.

Pictured with Brian and Johanna is the F.O.O.L.S. Firefighter’s Ball Committee.

We’d like to extend a huge “thank you” to the F.O.O.L.S. and all who attended!

30th Anniversary: Red Tie & Pearls Gala

moving image homeJoin us for our 30th Anniversary celebration: Red Tie & Pearls Gala on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield!

We are SOLD OUT!! Thank you for your support!

PEARL (Presenting) SPONSOR: St. John’s Children’s Hospital

SJCH_HSHS_SJS_SIUHC_4C_9-15St. John’s Children’s Hospital is a special place for children and their families. They provide expert care designed to meet the unique needs of children and families.  The hospital was built by a special gift from a donor in the Springfield community to ensure children have access to the best medical care possible, close to home.  Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families by delivering exceptional health care in a healing environment.  St. John’s Children’s Hospital is dedicated to being the regional leader in children’s health care by fostering a nurturing environment for children and families, being responsive and innovative in all that they do, being ardent advocates for children, promoting excellence in education, recruiting and retaining the best professionals, and improving the lives of children through research.  Learn more

RED TIE SPONSOR: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

BCBS LOGOBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has served the people of Illinois since 1936.  They are the largest and most experienced health insurance company in the state, providing more than 8.1 million members with comprehensive and affordable health plans.  The company takes pride in investing in community needs and gives time and talents to help make Illinois a better place.  BCBSIL is committed to promoting the health and wellness of their members and communities.  Their commitment guides them in fostering greater access to care, working to lower the overall cost of care – while improving care quality and patient outcomes.  Learn more


Ameren Illinois

McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Central Illinois and Peoria/Bloomington

Pease’s at BUNN Gourmet




CVS Health

Horizon Pharma

Illinois National Bank

Junior League of Springfield

MorganStanley Wealth Management

Neuhoff Media



Astellas US

Memorial Health System

The Coca-Cola Company


Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Debbie Denzler

LRS Foundation

Marine Bank

Mel-O-Cream Internationl

Mr. & Mrs. Ed & Megan Peck

Springfield Electric Supply


Family Stories

  • The Diebal Family

    Pictured are Jamie and Craig, with Allison and Jillian doing well at 16 weeks in August of 2017.

    Our 2017 Winter Mailer features to story of Jamie and Craig and their stay at the House when their twin daughters were born prematurely. Below is Jamie’s story in her own words.

    In the early morning hours of May 1, 2017, our world completely changed. I was only 27 weeks along in my pregnancy with twin girls, when my water broke. My husband and I arrived at the hospital in Springfield, fearing the ...



  • Join us for the 3rd Annual Glow Run on Friday, May 11, 2018! Proceeds from the run support the House and the families we serve! At the House we provide families with the essentials of home for as long as they need, at no cost to them. ...


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